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Community to meet on water quality of Bell creeks

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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 4:30 am

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research are hosting a community meeting Thursday to inform the public on findings following the assessment of water quality and watershed planning for Nolan Creek and South Nolan Creek.

Representatives with the Brazos River Authority, TIAER and TCEQ will present the creek’s nutrient requirements, give a water quality data update and go through the next steps in the study.

The study was started in an effort to remove elevated bacteria levels from a waterway segment.

Twenty-nine miles of Nolan Creek were originally listed in 1996 as having elevated bacteria levels in certain segments of the creek, said Nikki Jackson, the institute’s project director.

Two segments within the 29-mile stretch — a portion of South Nolan Creek from the confluence with North Nolan Creek and Nolan Creek upstream to Liberty Ditch — were assessed in 2010 and found to be impaired, mostly in the Killeen area.

“The water quality goal of this project is to identify causes and sources of pollution in Nolan Creek (and) South Nolan Creek Watershed, and to provide stakeholders and agencies with sufficient information to address elevated bacteria levels in the water,” Jackson said.

The full segment of the study includes Killeen, Harker Heights, Nolanville, Belton and portions of Fort Hood.

“Since decisions made about these water bodies will affect landowners, citizens, industries and municipalities, participation is fundamental to the success of this project,” she said.

The forum is from 6 to 8 p.m. in meeting room 4 of the Killeen Civic and Conference Center, 3601 S. W.S. Young Drive.

nstewart@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7555

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